Christmas Decorations This Season

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly…Or Woodland Creatures?

 

A major part of Christmas is decorating our homes and putting up the Christmas tree, decked with lights and baubles. So, do we decorate our homes so that the colours of our decorations seamlessly blend into our décor schemes, do we dust-off the old faithful decorations from the loft or do we actually follow Christmas trends? Nicky Percival Interior Design, based in Tunbridge Wells looks at the trends for this Christmas, which we hope will inspire and tempt you.

 

Butterflies and birds hidden in this staircase image from Living Etc.

Butterflies and birds hidden in this staircase image from Living Etc.

Woodland and Forest Themes

 

Conjure up the beauty and magic of British woodlands by creating a forest scene featuring animal and bird decorations, ranging from squirrels, deer, foxes, hedgehogs and mice to robins and owls against a backdrop of natural greenery including sprays of pine, fir and spruce with fir cones, branches, logs and feathers as well as toadstools and mushrooms.

 

Trending colours are bright jades, soft sages and emerald greens and there are also decorative lights to accentuate your forest wonderland, with leaf inspired themes and reindeers designs. You can probably imagine that you are walking through a forest with crisp snow underfoot and the aromas of marshmallows toasting on a roaring fire.

 

Jewels and Metallic Accents

 

Deep jewel tones and metallic accents are really in and will certainly add a touch of opulence and glamour with their gold and copper hues. Copper, rose gold and bronze have become very popular tones in interior design, so if this is your colour scheme, there should be plenty of baubles to add a touch of decadence, luxury and sophistication. Glitz and glamour are all the rage and look out for those jewel encrusted baubles.

 

Classic Red, White and Green

Classic holly and Ivy candles and oranges with cloves - credit Nicky Percival ltd

Classic holly and Ivy candles and oranges with cloves - credit Nicky Percival ltd

 

Another theme that shows no sign of going away is classic red and white, which originated in the Nordic countries. You can recreate your own Scandinavian cabin feel in your own home. Mix red baubles with classic white against a background of spruce and fir. You can even add rustic elements and use classic patterns such as plaids and checks and there are even complimentary baubles with a tartan Highland trend. The iconic nutcracker is a prominent character this year – so why not add him to your classic scene?

Beautiful fun selection of paper globes -  credit Sarah Kaye

Beautiful fun selection of paper globes -  credit Sarah Kaye

 

Paper Decorations

 

Paper decorations are very popular this year in colours ranging from muted autumnal tones through green, peach and white as well as crazy bright and neon colours. And, if your taste is to make a loud statement, there are some amazing bright tropical baubles depicting toucans, flamingos, llamas and unicorns. You could say it’s kitsch, but as long as it makes you and your guests smile, why not?

 

Be Creative With Mono Colour Schemes

The all white scheme - soft atmoshperic ......works every time - credit Neptune.com

The all white scheme - soft atmoshperic ......works every time - credit Neptune.com

 

Mono colour schemes are always a safe bet, so fill your home with gold, white or silver. Get creative with paint and glitter and spray holly, flowers and twigs in your chosen colour. You could even have a go at making a wreath from fir, spruce, cones, thistles and holly.

 

We’re really excited about this year’s Xmas decorations, as they are rather wonderful. Is it time for you to invest in some new baubles and sparkles?

 

Wishing You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year

 

Nicky Percival Interior Design would like to wish you all a wonderful time over the festive season and we hope you have enjoyed our look at this year’s trends for decorating your home. Perhaps you have been inspired to take on a whole new look or perhaps you feel you can just update or add to your existing Christmas decoration collection.

 

Moving on to 2018, if you feel, like the Christmas decorations, you need a new look for your home or a certain room requires some updating, call Nicky Percival Interior Design on 07773 372158. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Choosing Flooring

How To Choose Flooring For Your Home

Beautiful herringbone wood in this scandinavian inspired room - via The Klein

Beautiful herringbone wood in this scandinavian inspired room - via The Klein

 

The floor is a key design element of any room and it is an element that can often be overlooked. Choosing the right flooring isn’t always straight forward as there are not only many different types to choose from including tiles, concrete, wooden flooring and even carpeting, but you need to consider many other factors including durability, moisture, maintenance, lifestyle, personal preference and of course how much it will cost you. And, not forgetting colours, textures and patterns.

 

In this article from Nicky Percival Interiors, based in Tunbridge Wells and working on interior design projects throughout Kent, Sussex and London, we look at flooring materials and how you can make the right decisions for your property.

 

Moisture, Water and Humidity

 

It’s very important to consider the type of room, as for example a bathroom or shower room is going to have to withstand water and fluctuations in humidity and so a wooden floor may not be the best answer as wood is prone to warping and buckling if water stands on it for any length of time. Your best options are porcelain and ceramic tiles or a concrete floor.

 

Amount of Footfall

 

Things to consider here are children, pets and any elderly or disabled members of the family. You want flooring that will stand up to the rigours of wear and tear. If you have dogs, you don’t want a floor that will scratch easily and if accidents do happen, it makes sense to have flooring that can be cleaned easily and quickly. Here you may find a wooden floor isn’t the best choice and tiles such as vinyl and porcelain will be better options or a hardwearing carpet could be just the thing.

The practicality of the door mat sunk to flow with the oak floor from Fine Oak Flooring

The practicality of the door mat sunk to flow with the oak floor from Fine Oak Flooring

 

Maintenance

 

If you want a floor that is easy to maintain and keep clean, look no further than tiles. However, if this not a concern, wooden floors will look amazing, whether solid or engineered and you can put down rugs and runners in areas that are heavily used. If you choose carpet, consider the colour carefully as a light cream carpet will show every spill or muddy footprint.

 

Remember, some materials will require more maintenance if you want them to continue to look good in years to come. Regularly sweep and vacuum wooden floors to prevent scratching from dirt and dust.

 

Allergies and Sensitivity

 

You will need to consider if anyone in the family has asthma or any respiratory allergies or if anyone is sensitive to chemicals or cleaning materials that may need to be used. In these situations, think carefully about using carpets as allergens such as dust and pollen can become trapped in the fibres, although if you have your heart set on this option, there are hypoallergenic carpets that repel dust and mites.

 

Measure Up for Cost

 

So, if you have got this far and considered all of the components you need, the next step is to work out how much of your chosen flooring you need. Measure your room carefully and work out the size in square metres. Whether your choice is carpet, wooden flooring or tiles, all vary dramatically in price and you will need to calculate how much you are prepared to spend.

 

Top Tip

 

You do not have to have the same flooring throughout your home but it’s really important that there is a flow and pay particular attention to junctions between rooms.

 

What To Do Next

 

If you have read our article and become a little bemused with the many different types of flooring and the criteria that you need to consider, then do get in touch with Nicky Percival Interiors on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat. Installing the wrong flooring could be a very expensive mistake!

Your Autumn Personality

Do You Have An Autumn Personality?

Rich warm palette with layers of texture

Rich warm palette with layers of texture

 

Autumn is one of the most colourful times of the year and it could represent the inspiration that you need for an interior colour refresh. Nicky Percival Interior Design, based in Tunbridge Wells looks at Colour Psychology and the traits that are evident in an autumn colour personality.

 

You want interior design that reflects the textures, styles and tones that work for you and by identifying the keywords about how a room should feel, it will save you a lot of time, energy and money by avoiding costly mistakes.

 

Colour Preferences May Be Driven By Our Personalities

 

Research suggests our colour preferences may actually be driven by our personalities, and can tell us a lot about our personal style. You may find that you naturally gravitate towards certain colours, tones and styles when it comes to interior design. This is apparent in everything from paint choices through to furnishings and artwork. You may not even have realised that you favour certain hues over others.

Colour is an extremely powerful tool and it can make any living space really come alive and it’s true that the colour of a wall will instantly change the atmosphere of that room.

What Effects Does Colour Have?

 

·      Impacts on health, emotions and wellbeing

·      Influences mood

·      Inspires action

·      Increases comprehension

·      Reduces stress

·      Creates harmony

 

Autumn Personality Traits

 

If you have an Autumnal personality, you are earthy, warm, organic, rustic and passionate. This goes along with a strong connection to nature, a love for the past and a yearning and eagerness to understand how and why things work. You are a born organiser and pay attention to detail. You have a strong aesthetic sense and consequently you appreciate design, quality and craftsmanship.

 

The Colours of An Autumn Personality

 

So what does this mean in terms of colours for an autumn personality? Orange colour palettes are first to spring to mind but autumn palettes have warmth to them and a welcoming feel with underlying tones of sunset yellows and rusty reds. They also incorporate hot oranges, ochres, hot purples, muted olives and greens in varying intensities. Autumn personalities want to bring the natural elements from outdoors with all their hues inside.

 

Interior Design Elements

 

·      Eclectic furniture

·      Comfortable and durable furniture

·      Antiques

·      Historical artefacts

·      Elements of wood and nature

·      Environmentally friendly pieces

·      Informal spaces

·      Cosy, warm and inviting rooms

·      Use of copper, leather and terracotta stone

·      Natural, organic textures

 

A Welcoming And Inviting Room

 

All this will create a cosy, vibrant and textured interior with a warm palette of browns, oranges, and greens. Natural, organic textures, such as linen, wool, or tweed, take pride of place. Overall, your interior will be welcoming and inviting. Don’t be tempted to mix colours from different seasons, as you will probably end up with a colour scheme that does the opposite.

 

What To Do Next?

Layering of pattern, texture, depth of hue and furniture of differing periods and places

Layering of pattern, texture, depth of hue and furniture of differing periods and places

 

Are you looking to work with an Interior Designer who will listen to you and transform your space into something that you could only have dreamed of in the colours that reflect your personality? Here at Nicky Percival Interiors, we pride ourselves on our service, which is always personal and inspirational. Please get in touch on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.

Do You Have An Autumn Personality?

 

Autumn is one of the most colourful times of the year and it could represent the inspiration that you need for an interior colour refresh. Nicky Percival Interior Design, based in Tunbridge Wells looks at Colour Psychology and the traits that are evident in an autumn colour personality.

 

You want interior design that reflects the textures, styles and tones that work for you and by identifying the keywords about how a room should feel, it will save you a lot of time, energy and money by avoiding costly mistakes.

 

Colour Preferences May Be Driven By Our Personalities

 

Research suggests our colour preferences may actually be driven by our personalities, and can tell us a lot about our personal style. You may find that you naturally gravitate towards certain colours, tones and styles when it comes to interior design. This is apparent in everything from paint choices through to furnishings and artwork. You may not even have realised that you favour certain hues over others.

Colour is an extremely powerful tool and it can make any living space really come alive and it’s true that the colour of a wall will instantly change the atmosphere of that room.

What Effects Does Colour Have?

 

·      Impacts on health, emotions and wellbeing

·      Influences mood

·      Inspires action

·      Increases comprehension

·      Reduces stress

·      Creates harmony

 

Autumn Personality Traits

 

If you have an Autumnal personality, you are earthy, warm, organic, rustic and passionate. This goes along with a strong connection to nature, a love for the past and a yearning and eagerness to understand how and why things work. You are a born organiser and pay attention to detail. You have a strong aesthetic sense and consequently you appreciate design, quality and craftsmanship.

 

The Colours of An Autumn Personality

 

So what does this mean in terms of colours for an autumn personality? Orange colour palettes are first to spring to mind but autumn palettes have warmth to them and a welcoming feel with underlying tones of sunset yellows and rusty reds. They also incorporate hot oranges, ochres, hot purples, muted olives and greens in varying intensities. Autumn personalities want to bring the natural elements from outdoors with all their hues inside.

 

Interior Design Elements

 

·      Eclectic furniture

·      Comfortable and durable furniture

·      Antiques

·      Historical artefacts

·      Elements of wood and nature

·      Environmentally friendly pieces

·      Informal spaces

·      Cosy, warm and inviting rooms

·      Use of copper, leather and terracotta stone

·      Natural, organic textures

 

A Welcoming And Inviting Room

 

All this will create a cosy, vibrant and textured interior with a warm palette of browns, oranges, and greens. Natural, organic textures, such as linen, wool, or tweed, take pride of place. Overall, your interior will be welcoming and inviting. Don’t be tempted to mix colours from different seasons, as you will probably end up with a colour scheme that does the opposite.

 

What To Do Next?

 

Are you looking to work with an Interior Designer who will listen to you and transform your space into something that you could only have dreamed of in the colours that reflect your personality? Here at Nicky Percival Interiors, we pride ourselves on our service, which is always personal and inspirational. Please get in touch on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.

 

Surviving The Building Process

Building in the form of adding an extension, major remodelling of your home or a self-build conjures up disruption, debt, dust and perhaps even divorce! The building process can be an extremely stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be! Working with an Interior Designer can simplify the process of building and renovating and they can be an invaluable mentor and guide helping you to streamline the process, saving you time, money and frustration.

Extention rear elevation

 

Here’s a guide from Nicky Percival Interior Design, based in Tunbridge Wells to surviving the building process and minimising tensions, making the experience a wonderful dream and not an excruciating nightmare.

 

·      Plan And Prepare

·      Find The Right Builder

·      Put All The Legalities In Place

·      Monitor Progress

·      Agree Lines Of Communication

·      Be Realistic

·      Stay Calm

 

Plan And Prepare

IMG_0719.JPG

 

Have a clear vision of what you want and the scope of the work involved. The more research and legwork that you put in before will be well worth it and this should include visiting showrooms, suppliers and getting ‘real’ samples of products and finishes. Making decisions early in the process will give you more control and should prevent costs from escalating. Try to avoid changes in design, layout, size or finish as these will all lead to delays and cost implications.

 

Find The Right Builder

Builders on site with scaffolding

 

Ask friends and family for recommendations and when you find a builder, ask to see projects that they have completed. Alongside this, establish early on in the process which other professionals you need including architects, surveyors, builders, engineers, and perhaps an Interior Designer. The latter can be absolutely invaluable for keeping you focused and on track.

 

Put All The Legalities In Place

 

You will need a signed written outline of work, agreed period for completion and agreed price. The latter two cannot be overemphasised. You should expect a formal legal contract when working with professionals.

 

Monitor Progress

 

Set time aside to regularly visit and inspect the site before or after the busy part of the day, as you don’t want to be disrupting the building process and also arrange formal meetings to document progress. It’s important to keep notes and take photographs, as these will provide wonderful memories of the process.

 

Agree Lines Of Communication

 

It is essential to keep this very clear, particularly when there is more than one person involved in the decision making process. Define who has the final say and don’t take out any frustrations on each other.

 

Be Realistic

 

Expect dust and dirt and remember your home has temporarily become a building site and not a house. Every dust particle takes time to settle, which can be weeks or even months. Try to seal off any rooms that are not involved in the project. Always talk to your builder, as communication is key to a successful outcome and a less stressful situation. Make plans for children, as they may have to share a room or move out.

 

Stay Calm

 

Building work can be all consuming and has a unique frantic pace of its own. Urgent decisions can seem endless, but also stay positive and focus on the end results. Make sure that you make time for yourself and your family and keep your head clear.

 

You will get there and it will all be worth it!

 

If the vision was there at the start – it will be there at the end!

 

Are you looking to work with an Interior Designer who will guide you and keep you focused throughout the building process, managing your expectations along the way. Here at Nicky Percival Interiors, we have a wealth of experience of helping clients through the building process, making it as stress free as possible. Please get in touch on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.

Adding Value to Property

Get The Maximum Price For Your Home By Using An Interior Designer

 

Doubling a £200,000 Investment

front elevation

The existing property 

four floors of neglected victorian house worth £800K

 

The brief for Nicky Percival Interiors was clear – The client had £200,000 to spend to make an additional £200,000.  The project was to transform and add value to a tired 4 storey semi-detached Victorian property of red brick construction in a leafy street in Kingston upon Thames.

 

Originally valued at £800,000, the vendor was looking to sell at £1.2m. Here’s how Nicky Percival Interiors achieved this to the delight of the seller.

 

Planning And Redesigning The Property

Existing ground floor with cramped kitchen at rear with bathroom off kitchen and backing onto garden. Front reception room with 'feature' sixties stone fireplace and all period details removed.

Existing ground floor with cramped kitchen at rear with bathroom off kitchen and backing onto garden. Front reception room with 'feature' sixties stone fireplace and all period details removed.

 

Nicky Percival Interiors were confident this could be realised and set about planning and redesigning this 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom property. It required extensive interior and exterior work including restoration of the Victorian front of the house, interior remodelling and blending a contemporary space at the back so that it flowed through to the garden.

 

Keeping To Budget Within A Tight Timeframe

 

For the success of this project, the best use of the budget was key and all works had to be carried out within a tight timeframe. Not only did the exterior and interior require extensive redecorating and remodelling, the electrics and plumbing needed replacement as well as the installation of a new heating system. The interior remodelling included a new family bathroom upstairs and a new master bedroom ensuite.

 

Making The Best Use Of The Space

Large kitchen, dining and sitting room created at rear of property. rginal visctorian reception rooms restored to former glory with new doors, period details and fireplaces.

Large kitchen, dining and sitting room created at rear of property. rginal visctorian reception rooms restored to former glory with new doors, period details and fireplaces.

 

Nicky felt that there needed to be a fabulous kitchen extension with extensive remodelling of the interior to make the best use of the space. The property included a separate studio flat in the basement, which was to be retained with a room created behind which could be used as a study, playroom or media area. A utility and boiler room were also to be incorporated.

 

Restoration Of The Victorian Exterior Of The House

 

The exterior of the property had certainly seen better days with paint peeling from the walls and the white painted elements looking dirty and weather-beaten. Kerbside appeal was negligible.

 

 

Combining Modern And Period Features

 

Key was combining modern elements and reinstating as many of the period features as possible including fireplaces, skirting boards and cornices and sourcing where possible.

 

Creating Options For The Living And Dining Areas

 

As with many Victorian properties, the sitting room was at the front of the property and the wall separating this from the dining area had been knocked down to make one open plan space. A better use was to reinstate the dividing wall, putting in double doors so that the space could be two cosy rooms or the doors could be opened up when entertaining or for parties.  

 

A Fabulous Extension Bringing The Garden Into The Property

View from garden through bifold doors into large kitchen, dining, family room.

View from garden through bifold doors into large kitchen, dining, family room.

 

The pièce de résistance was a large extension to the rear of the property to create a lovely square room with large bifold doors leading directly into the garden, thus bringing the outside space inside.  The flooring, which was laid with underfloor heating, was designed to continue seamlessly into the terraced area at the back.

 

The kitchen was designed to wow by incorporating clean modern white handleless units, which ran along one side of space with a dining area that was directly beside the garden with a seating area in the middle on a raised area of the new space.

 

Off Road Parking And A Fresh Lick Of Paint

 

A simple elegant neutral grey palette was used for the whole house to unify the new space with the original Victorian front. The front and rear of the house were redecorated with newly laid off road parking at the front using smart grey brick paving.

 

The house was dressed for sale using furniture that was begged and borrowed, as the budget did not stretch to buying new furniture or antiques. It was realistically used to represent the possible lifestyle the house could now accommodate.

 

Hamptons completed a quick sale of this property for £1.2m.

 

Are you looking to add value to your property? Nicky Percival Interiors are experienced Interior Designers who can transform your property and in some cases double your investment. Please get in touch on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.

Light and Airy

How To Give Your Home A Light And Airy Feel

Natural light from large windows - hard to beat how this makes you feel

Natural light from large windows - hard to beat how this makes you feel

 

Light is probably one of the most talked about subjects when it comes to homes and for most people it's all about maximising it whether by natural or artificial means. Lighting not only changes the mood of a room, it also alters its perceived size.

 

Unless you're planning on a major remodel of your home which incorporates putting in more or larger windows, then there's not much you can do in terms of sunlight flooding in but there is lots you can do with interior design to transform the rooms within your home so that they appear lighter, brighter and more spacious.

 

A selection of the right lighting can help you achieve a perfect balance between style, comfort and practicality in creating aesthetically beautiful yet functional interiors.

 

•   Window Dressings

•   Wall and Ceiling Colours

•   Furniture Selection

•   Lighting Options

•   Use of Mirrors

 

Windows

 

From simple classic curtains to beautiful blinds and shutters, there are lots of wonderful ways to dress your windows that will combine practicality with style.

 

Using lightweight and light coloured fabrics such as cottons and linens for curtains will maximise the amount of natural light that flows through your rooms bringing warmth and texture to your space. Darker coloured fabrics will absorb light. Tie-backs are a great idea to keep curtains away from Windows.

 

Tiny rooms will need lots of creativity and the right window dressing will have a huge impact on how your space looks and feels and use unfussy designs for small windows, such as a simple Roman or roller blind. These will fit snugly inside the window opening and are perfect for an uncluttered feel.

 

The internal colour of your window frames will increase the amount of light that is reflected inside the house with lighter colours the most effective.

 

Furniture Layout

 

Think carefully about your room layout and don't put large pieces of furniture in front of windows. De-clutter windowsills and trim any obstructing trees or hedges in your garden. Avoid too much furniture and close proximity furniture arrangements.

 

Use Of Colours

 

Paint your walls, ceilings and floors with light colours to increase the amount of sunlight that is reflected and to enhance light. Kitchen cabinets, hallway paneling, stairwells and even floorboards can be painted.

 

Mirrors

Large mirror reflecting the light around the room

Large mirror reflecting the light around the room

 

Mirrors reflect rather than absorb light and also create a great focal point. If you hang a large mirror on a wall opposite a window you can double the light that streams in. Use several mirrors or line the back of your bookshelf with mirrors and consider glass or mirrored furniture.

 

Using glass in your doors is a great way to get more natural light, externally and internally.

 

Artificial Light

 

With such a huge range of lighting available, it's important to choose the best lighting fixtures for your interiors.

 

Ambient or overall lighting usually consists of overhead lighting, while task lighting comes in the forms of under cabinet and table lighting. Ambiance lighting such as chandeliers and wall sconces add a unique feel to your space and are perfect for hallways. Choose lighting that compliments your interiors and allows you versatility in your everyday living.

 

Conclusion

 

Lighting is an important tool in interior design and should never be overlooked. The way in which you incorporate lighting into your home interiors defines the mood and the atmosphere of the space as it has an enormous impact on perception.

 

And, one last thing - keep your home clean!

 

If you need ideas and inspiration for adding elegance, sophistication and style to your home through natural or artificial lighting, call Nicky Percival Interiors on 07773 372158.

 

Saving Time

An Interior Designer Can Save You Time and Money

 

Do you think that Interior Designers are just for wealthy people with palatial homes and that hiring one is a real luxury that conveys over indulgence? Do you find the prospect of hiring an Interior Designer intimidating or perhaps you are worried that they will come up with outlandish ideas and extravagant ideas that will cost a fortune? All of these are misconceptions that simply aren’t true! Ultimately, hiring a good Interior Designer will save you money and hours of frustration and stress.

 

Why Not Utilise The Interior Designer’s Time And Not Yours?

The Designer's Desk is where it all happens

The Designer's Desk is where it all happens

 

How many times have you used that expression, “If only I had more time!” So, what would you do if you did have more time? Lots of us lead busy lives, it’s all about work and family and trying to get a balance between life and work. However, a lot of our time can be spent in our homes and it’s appealing to have our surroundings creating the space that we are looking for whether it’s a place for relaxing, energising, finding peace, being organised or entertaining. The main point is that the space works for you.

 

Does Your Home Need A Makeover?

 

Are you sitting in your sitting room thinking that it needs freshening up? The sofa is looking a little tired and the curtains have seen better days. Do you feel your kitchen needs a revamp, are you fed up with those old-fashioned units and tatty work surfaces? Or is something in your home not really working for you?

 

You know you will get round to it 1 day…but when will that day be?

 

Work With An Interior Designer Who Listens

 

A good Interior Designer will listen to your needs and spend time finding solutions for your house, room or workspace. They will see things from a professional point of view, which can be particularly useful as it’s often difficult to step back to ‘see’ your own surroundings.

 

An Interior Designer will:

 

·      Set Time Scales

·      Work To Your Budget

·      Project Manage The Whole Process

·      Prioritise

·      Come Up With Design Concepts

·      Source Furniture, Antiques, Art and Accessories

·      Advise On Colour Schemes and Fabrics

 

With their experience, a designer can offer suggestions as to how your room or space can be improved and they will work to your budget. The best part is that they project manage by coordinating with the shops, stores, architects, trades and contractors, so you don’t have to worry about a thing, giving you the time to concentrate on other things that you really want to do.

 

Interior Designers Will Save Time:

 

·      Living Overseas

·      Second/Holiday Home

·      Turnkey Operations

·      New Build Projects

·      Refurbishments

 

Searching For The Right Furniture And Fabrics Takes A Lot Of Time

So many choices.......

So many choices.......

 

Just envisage the hours, days and even weeks that you might spend searching for the right colour schemes, flooring, window treatments and furniture. The choices can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Your Interior Designer will know where to source all of these items and will be familiar with the brands that represent quality and craftsmanship and fit with your budget. They can help you avoid costly decorating mistakes and with their connections, they can often get discounted rates, which they will pass onto you. 

 

·      Avoid Costly Mistakes

·      Access To A Great Network Of Resources

·      Access To Trade and Wholesale Pricing

·      Procures Items That Will Fit Perfectly Into Your Space

·      Keen Eye For Placement and Coordination

 

By using the services of an Interior Designer, you will have somebody that will be doing all of the legwork for you, which gives you more time to relax, spend with your family or just about do anything that you want to do.   

 

Are you looking to work with an Interior Designer who will listen to you and transform your space into something that you could only have dreamed of? Here at Nicky Percival Interiors, we pride ourselves on our service, which is always personal and inspirational. Please get in touch on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.

 

Art in Interiors

Tips For Choosing Art For Your Home

mixed complimentary group for gallery wall - credit Coco Lapine Design

mixed complimentary group for gallery wall - credit Coco Lapine Design

 

The appreciation and recognition of art in our homes has been growing over recent years. There is no doubting that art can enhance the look of any room and really pull it together but with all the art that is available, it can be daunting, intimidating and challenging not only finding the right art to purchase but also the right way to display it. So how do you begin the process of choosing art for your home?

 

Here are some of our tips to make the process of buying art simpler, irrespective of whether you are styling on a budget or you are investing in a piece to keep forever. Pointers that will ensure that the art you buy works for your space and compliments and supplements your décor bringing style to your home and not the opposite.

 

Art is certainly something that is very personal and it’s important to purchase something that you really enjoy looking at, perhaps something you have a connection with or provokes a reaction.

 

Ideas For Selecting Your Art

 

·      Select a Colour Palette

·      Mix Different Styles

·      Choose Art of Different Sizes

·      Hang at Eye Level

·      Group Paintings and Pictures Together

·      Tell a Story

·      Select Large Pieces

 

Compliment The Environment

Pictures to frame a bedhead - credit Nicky Percival Ltd.

Pictures to frame a bedhead - credit Nicky Percival Ltd.

 

Your colour palette should compliment the room and set the tone. Think about whether you want to set a light and airy theme or perhaps you would prefer dark and moody. You may also select artwork that contains some of the design colours in your room and one piece or a group of paintings with similar or complimentary colours can really work well. Also, take into consideration the colours of your walls, curtains, pillows and furniture.

 

Mix Different Styles and Sizes

 

interesting grouping - credit Analogue Dialogue

interesting grouping - credit Analogue Dialogue

There is a lot to choose from including watercolours, abstract art, posters and oils not forgetting 3D images, which are always a good addition. There is also the genre to consider as to whether you select contemporary, modern or more traditional pieces. Remember that art is not just paintings, as photography is another valuable medium that can make a strong and bold statement. Monochrome pictures and paintings are always dramatic and eye catching.

 

·      Statement Piece

·      Formal Arrangement

·      Collage of Differing Images and Frames

·      Few Large Pictures With Smaller Ones To Compliment

·      Create a Gallery Wall

·      Reframe Pictures

·      Tell a Story

 

Gallery walls can work really well where you group pictures or paintings together as opposed to one on each wall. Larger pieces can be expensive and so a gallery wall of smaller pieces of art can take the place of one large piece.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Introduce Large Paintings

 

Consider scale carefully as a small beautiful piece of art can become lost on a large wall whereas a huge piece can be too dominating. Size definitely matters and bigger pieces can maximise the impact. Be bold and go large - most art sourced for residential use is too small.

 

You can also tell a story with your art and photographs of your children getting older as you go up the stairs can add lots of interest to not only you but to your guests.

 

Hang at Eye Level

 

Hanging artwork is something that many people get wrong. Most art is hung too high with the inevitable straining of your neck to get the best view. A rule of thumb for hanging art is to centre it at eye level. Don’t forget this, especially in rooms where you are typically seated such as the sitting or dining rooms.

 

Another option that is popular at the moment is not to hang your art at all and to arrange it on a shelf so that you can move and rearrange whenever the mood suits you.

 

Love The Art That You Buy

 

Naturally these pointers are not set in stone and there is nothing against putting an old portrait in a contemporary setting. Whether it’s paintings, prints or photographs, make sure you love them as you are going to have to live with them and see them everyday in your home.

 

Are you looking for art that makes a statement or compliments your home? Buying the wrong pieces can be expensive mistakes, so if you are looking for help in making the right choices, please get in touch with Nicky Percival Interiors. We pride ourselves on our service, which is always personal and inspirational. Call on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.

 

Your Home Office

Ideas and Tips for Incorporating an Office into Your Home

 

In today’s world where the commute to work can be slow, time consuming and costly with the constant negotiation of busy roads and traffic congestion or overcrowded and perhaps unreliable train services, it may seem a fantastic idea to run your business from home or to work 1 or 2 days a week from there.  This would eliminate the daily travel adding extra time to work on your business.

 

You could move seamlessly to your home working environment after a morning tea or coffee and breakfast. There’s no need to get dressed up and you can settle down to business in a tracksuit or even your pyjamas. For many, it’s the perfect solution!

 

A Room Or A Small Space

 

You may be lucky and have a whole room that you can dedicate to being your office space. If not, you will have to adapt a small niche or a nook and cranny and there are several important requirements.

 

·      Good light

·      A clear work surface

·      Power point

·      Office chair

·      Regulated temperature

 

Looking After Your Health

 

Natural light is preferable but as this isn’t always possible be careful that you have recommended lighting so as not to cause eyestrain, dry, itchy and irritated eyes and the resulting reduced work performance. Computer work can be particularly visually demanding. You do want lighting that gives an even light and is glare-free.

Simple storage and organised work space

Simple storage and organised work space

 

Working Surfaces and Power Points

 

You really do need a dedicated work surface where your computer can sit. You will find moving things every time you want to work extremely irritating and unsettling. However, you don’t have to have the proverbial office desk, utilise something that fits!

 

A power point nearby is a “must” as tripping over cables is a definite health and safety issue. Remember you may need to plug in a printer and a desk light as well as your computer.

 

Your Office Chair

 

Although it can be tempting to save money by using a dining chair, a proper desk chair is again a “must” and should never be overlooked as sitting incorrectly can lead to back and postural problems. Use a chair that is designed to give the best support.

Yves Saint Laurent's Inspirational Work Space

Yves Saint Laurent's Inspirational Work Space

 

Creative Touches

 

·      Make the space personal

·      Use curtains or blinds to shield glare

·      Optimise the colour of your room

·      Incorporate dedicated storage and shelving

·      Add personal touches

 

Make it your personal sanctuary and have things around you that are inspirational. These could include art works, books, mirrors and maps. Have a pin board and put postcards and notes on it and display brochures of things you are currently interested in.

 

Use your storage wisely and hide anything that you don’t want on show. Storage and shelving solutions don’t need to be boring. Think cool hotel library!

 

Conclusions

 

Remember that your working environment has to be practical, functional and inspiring. Organisation is key for maintaining a good working space. A small home office does not require much space, but it does require a large amount of creativity and with this, the finished product can be very rewarding.

 

Be happy and creative and change things regularly – excite your mind at work!

 

These are just a few of my tips for incorporating an office into your home. However, if you are struggling to find the space for your office or you think your current office space isn't really working for you and isn’t the inspirational and creative room that you had envisioned, please get in touch with me, Nicky Percival on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk to bring style, elegance and design to your home office.

 

Nicky Percival Ltd is an interior design studio based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent with clients throughout the south and London catering for every lifestyle, taste and budget.

Why is green such a great colour choice for your kitchen?

Are you considering an update for your kitchen? Perhaps you are fed up with the colours that are in it at the moment and you want a change. 

Do you love the colour green and think it would be perfect for the heart of your home? But what shade or shades of green do you choose? There is such an array of green tones, which include lime, forest, leafy, clover, mint, pine and olive. It's a colour that's associated with freshness and nature and it’s virtually guaranteed to revitalise and reinvigorate your kitchen.

Green is a fantastic colour choice for your kitchen. However, make sure you get it right!

It’s important to know what mood and feel you are trying to generate

Bright leafy greens can create a contemporary feel while paler shades such as celery will be more subtle. If you are looking for a warm feel to your kitchen, try a rich shade of green-grey on the walls while a mint hue will give your kitchen a bright and airy feel.

The decision can be a tricky and one of my tips is to take inspiration from the shades of green that are all around you and can be found in the kitchen as well. Think of a crisp green eating apple, a lime, a cauliflower floret, a slice of cucumber or a fragrant herb such as basil or sage. This is one of the reasons why green is such a fantastic kitchen colour choice as it blends in beautifully with the fruits, herbs and vegetables of your culinary creations.

 2017 Colour Trends

Every year, Pantone has a "Colour of the Year" and this year they have selected "Greenery", a neutral shade which they describe as, "A fresh and zesty yellow-green that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew." This is a colour that will generate lots of ideas and themes.

Farrow and Ball have listed one of their colour trends for the year as “Studio Green" which is a lovely dark moody green, which is bound to be very popular in the kitchen. The company describes it as “unapologetically clubby with a fantastically timeless old world quality”. Walls in this colour will not only create an alluring retreat, but also provide a sanctuary.

Dark or sludgy green is a colour tipped by many to be big in 2017 and lush botanical greens are expected to continue to grow in popularity.

Characteristics Of Green Tone

   Complement warm tones

   Conjure up the past

   Contrast with copper and brass

   Fabulous for splashbacks or cooking spaces

   Enhance features when used as a bold colour

   Add the “wow factor” with a feature wall

   Combine with contemporary textiles and fabrics

   Can be used in any size of kitchen

Green goes well with earthy tones, which really bring out its warm side and it’s a super colour for your cupboards and cabinets. Why not paint window and door frames in your selected tone? There are also some amazing tiles for floors, splashbacks and wall coverings, which are all one colour of green or feature shades in them.

British Racing Green

One shade that will really have you reminiscing about a bygone era is British Racing Green (BRG). Let your mind run wild as you conjure up images of Jaguars and Aston Martins at Le Mans or Brooklands. Although there is still some debate as to an exact hue for BRG, the term is currently used to denote a spectrum of deep, rich greens.

Contrast With Copper And Brass

Dark green also contrasts beautifully with copper and brass which both have had a huge resurgence as materials for interiors, particularly for kitchen tap fittings and finishes on cabinets and cupboards, furniture frames and lighting.

Don’t overlook the finishing details

Use abstract prints or advertising posters in complementary colours to enhance your designs. There are also some amazing fabrics and textiles and James Hare has a new collection of silks available in various shades of green.

Are you looking for a vibrant and individual working kitchen that reflects your character? Here at Nicky Percival Interiors, we pride ourselves on our service, which is always personal and inspirational. Please get in touch on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk for a without obligation chat.

Click here to see my kitchen as featured in Houzz

Don't wait for Spring brighten a home

Give Your Home a January Makeover So That You Feel Refreshed and Ready for the Year Ahead

Clean windows - fresh look for sitting room.jpg

When the days are shorter in terms of daylight and it’s dark and gloomy outside for long periods of time, you don’t want your home to be a reflection of this. You still want it to feel homely, warm, cosy, light and airy and by making a few changes, it can be!

Christmas is over and you and your home, which is quite often neglected over this busy period need to recover! January is a great time to treat your home to a seasonal makeover and get organised and set plans in place for the year ahead.

January is the Perfect Time for Spring Cleaning

The first thing to do is to start with a deep cleanse and de-clutter. The start of a New Year is actually a perfect time as you put all the Christmas decorations away and hoover up all of those annoying pine needles. Get rid of unwanted items and make sure worktops, mantles and window sills are relatively clear. This is where practical and clever storage solutions will be invaluable. You will be amazed how calming this can be. Don't be frightened to be ruthless and get rid of things you no longer want or use and recycle where possible.

A clean, fresh home will lift your spirits and your mood.

Here are a few things you can do: 

   Decorate with warm colours

   Fill rooms with beautiful scents and aromas

   Use lighting and candles for effect

   Refresh furnishings

   Lift the mood with fresh flowers and plants

Paint Can Brighten a Room

Warm colours such as bronze, gold, burnt orange and shades of burgundy will lighten rooms or you can create a contemporary look with a sophisticated selection of neutrals. For a boost of colour, you could have a statement wall or wallpaper. Remember, paint can look very different under a range of lighting conditions, so make sure you are really comfortable with it before starting on the entire room. If in doubt, it's probably best to get some professional advice - it can be an expensive and frustrating exercise to get it wrong!

The Atmospheric Effects of Lighting

Lighting can be very comforting and lamps can create a warm welcoming feel as opposed to just having the main lights switched on. Move table lamps around to set up a soothing glow.

Candles Bring a Warm Glow

Flickering candles will create an atmospheric effect as the light bounces and dances around your room. If you are worried by having naked flames which the children or pets might knock over, battery operated candles are available. There’s a great range with some handmade types being made with real wax and they look really authentic, brilliantly imitating the natural flicker of a flame. They are available as economical LED lights including taper and pillar candles and tea lights.

Soft Furnishings

Do you feel there are pieces of furniture that really detract from the room and seem to have a negative impact? If so, they need to be removed or replaced. A frayed sofa can be enhanced by a sumptuous throw. Give your curtains a wash or a dry clean.

Stay Warm

It’s essential to be warm. Use throws and blankets on chairs and sofas, they will create a lovely snug feel and rugs will feel fabulous under your feet. Light fires and wood burners; it's amazing how sizzling and crackling fires can brighten the darkest day.

Cut Flowers and House Plants

House plants are a great way of cleansing and dehumidifying the air. Use cut flowers to add colour and scents. Plants in your bathroom will love the humidity. African violets, cyclamen, Christmas cactus and bulbs including tulips, daffodils and irises will fill the winter with life and colour. They will really enhance the coziness of winter bringing summer cheer into your home. Fragrant jasmine has a heavenly scent.

Don't Forget the Kitchen!

Think about the kitchen too! Make sure vegetables and fresh fruits are on display. Place some hyacinths on the kitchen window sill. Sharpen knives, have the Juicer out and a new recipe on the stand.

What's Next?

These are just a few of my tips for brightening up your home over the long winter months. However, if you think your home needs more and your space isn't really working for you, please get in touch with me, Nicky Percival on 07773 372158 or email nicky@nickypercival.co.uk to bring style, elegance and design to your home. Nicky Percival Ltd is an interior design studio based in Tunbridge Wells with clients throughout the south and London catering for every lifestyle, taste and budget.